New Poster KICK-ASS 2; Jim Carrey Declines to Promote the Film Because of Sandy Hook Shootings

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Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”  Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”  I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs.  Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them.  Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us).  Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.

Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar.  The film opens on August 16th.

Poster via CBM.


Writing on his personal blog [via Empire], Millar demonstrated an ability to do simple math by saying,

“[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin.”.

Except 18 months ago, Carrey had different beliefs on gun violence in movies.  Millar continued:

“A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit-Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much… This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Park Chan-wook, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless bodycount of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the consequences of violence… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”

Again, Carrey wasn’t shocked when he signed on, nor did he say that other people shouldn’t make movies featuring guns.  That’s why he said he’s not ashamed of the film, but he can’t promote it.

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  • matt

    hello I’m matt Goldberg of collider and I’m being a shithead that talking about a movie that is R rated and that is ” Politically Incorrectness”. it sound weird WHEN I PICK HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN as one of my 10 best movie of 2011.

    • Wilhelmet

      Sandy Hook had not happened at that point. Are people not allowed to have their views and opinions changed by such horrible atrocities?

      • Jack Inthebox

        Carrey is not “people,” he is a popular entertainer and actor, and therefore influential. So, yes, we do enjoy the privilege of picking apart his grandstanding.

      • Lex Walker

        So celebrities’ opinions can’t be swayed by tragedy? That’s absurd. Someone should tell Denis Leary to stop his firefighter charity, because celebrities aren’t “people” and thus can’t be affected by tragedy.

      • Jack Inthebox

        Where did I say they could not change their opinions? Or, express their opinions? Please re-read what I wrote.

        It sounds like you have a poster of Jim in your bedroom, and think he is so marvelous for having feelings. Well, good for him. If he does it publicly, then I get to critique it.

      • Wilhelmet

        It sounds like you have a poster of Charlton Heston in your bedroom. How’s that working out for you? And just as you cherish your right to pick apart Carey’s ‘grandstanding’, we get to do the same to yours.

      • Jack Inthebox

        Nope. I do not. I do not own a gun. I did not vote for Bush. Feel free to pick apart Mr. Heston all day long. He was a celebrity/entertainer/actor too. Open season…

      • Agent777

        He got paid to do the movie, and it’s his job to promote it. Besides, he could of thought of a statement about how it’s escapism or whatever. Instead he does the classic Hollywood move of opportunistically momentarily changes his opinion. If he gets offered a gun totting role that could win him an Oscar, he’d be on it in seconds.

      • Lex Walker

        And the good odds are that he’s sacrificing a bit of that pay to get out of the press obligation most likely written into his contract. Just because something is escapism doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain themes or concepts that might be insensitive to a tragedy. Spider-man was escapism, but a scene where Spider-man caught the green goblin between the twin towers was cut mid-production after 9/11. Escapism doesn’t release a film from being culturally insensitive.

      • King_Leer

        I’m willing to bet this guy “Jack’s” entire life is one giant downvote.

      • Dan_489

        Sandy Hook was not the first massacre to ever take place.

      • Wilhelmet

        So? That statement is meaningless on its own. Back it up with some substance.

      • Jason Richards

        There’s been dozens of mass murdering events in this country, so this excuse holds no water.

      • Wilhelmet

        Ditto what I just said to Dan_489.

      • tertiaryintervention

        Do you forgive Paula Deen then?

      • Wilhelmet

        Ditto what I just said to Dan_489 and Jason Richards.

    • Lulz 2 B Gained

      You dumb as shit Yankee Doodle Dickheads need to realize that there is no evidence violence in movies causes real life violence. What allows for gun massacres to happen is your piece o shite country is too backwards to have strong gun regulation or universal healthcare which would give the mentally ill access to treatment. You all deserve what you get cause you’re all to goddamn stupid to change. It’d be hilarious if it wasn’t so fucking tragic.

  • Nick

    So lame! First thing in years that Carey has looked good in and he has to be one of those lame asses? Come on! How about raising children correctly!? Guns don’t exist less if they aren’t shown in movies!

    • Wilhelmet

      Yes, it’s dreadful for someone like Carey to be such a ‘lame ass’ as to have a change of heart on gun violence because of the slaughter of children a mere few months ago. How dare he.

      • Nick

        Yes, because movies like kickass are the cause for those tragedies.. Certainly not mental illness or a lifetime of mistreatment.. Every viewing of a violent movie a killer is born right? This is stupid. Maybe since he (like his grinch character) has had a change of heart, he should donate EVERY PENNY he was paid for this movie to the families of sandy hook. Or not accept the money at all. This direction is going to invite a whole slew of new actors if more known actors decide to be preachy or want to make a stand over fictional violence. What happened on CT was a true tragedy but its not his place to use that tragedy as a reason for anything he no longer believes in. Seriously he should donate every penny or not accept it in the first place if he’s going to sabotage the marketing campaign. They paid top dollar to get him, then hide his face through make up. They obviously wanted to have his support through marketing and talk shows.

      • Wilhelmet

        He can do what he wants. Why should he do what you ‘feel’ he ‘should’ do? Who are you to dictate what is most appropriate for him to be doing? It’s his choice, no one elses. I’m sure he will be penalised (financially) for not fulfilling the promotional obligations which were no doubt in his contract to begin with. That is his choice….he has obviously weighed it up in his head, and come to this conclusion. You can be damn sure that if he went ahead and promoted this film as per usual, that people would be calling him a hypocrite, etc after his Charlton Heston video a few months ago. So let’s just take it easy with the preaching, shall we? If you don’t want to see the movie to protest his stance, then that’s your choice. Just like it is his choice to do whatever the hell he wants to do, whether you like it or not.

      • Jason Richards

        He was paid to be in a film and promote the film. This prick is destroying the hard work of the cast and crew who worked 18 hours a day to make this movie. He can do what he wants, but that doesn’t make him any less of a prick.

      • Agent777

        Because he got paid to do the job and now he needs to promote the film.

        It’s a win win, he looks like a saint, and get out of promoting the film, which I’m sure is a pain,

      • Lex Walker

        Carrey’s circumstance is somewhat unusual in that he’s an actor known primarily for comedic roles, and to some extent dramatic ones, and he’s starring in a hyper-violent action film. It’s certainly not his typical niche, but he did it anyways because he enjoyed the first. How does this open doors to other celebrities? Most actors starring in action films have made a career out of it, so balking at doing press over concern of violence would be immediately hypocritical. Few actors can cite a circumstance where their film in question makes light of such a serious and epidemic problem in our country like gun violence. Does gun violence even have an equal on that front? Additionally, who are you to say anyone can’t change their viewpoints because of a tragedy? So if an actor starred in a thriller about bombs in planes pre-9/11 and then, before the film could be released 9/11 occurred, he couldn’t decide the movie was now in poor taste and didn’t feel doing publicity was appropriate? Really? How immediately does someone have to be affected by a tragedy before they’re allowed to use their personal better judgment to decide whether doing press for a film insensitive to that tragedy is okay?

      • Wilhelmet

        Well said.

  • beetleborg33

    He knew what he was getting himself into

    • Lex Walker

      Which is why he’s not ashamed of the film, he just doesn’t feel right promoting it in the wake of Sandy Hook. Clearly, Sandy Hook was the deciding factor – not the material or his already existent beliefs on guns.

      • Wilhelmet

        Well said.

  • AntiMatt

    I typically refresh this site 20x times a day, but I will never visit again. I’m so sick of seeing Matt shoehorn his personal philosophy/beliefs into simple news posts! If you’re going to do that Matt, then at least make it a new paragraph. Seriously, that’s the biggest paragraph I’ve seen on a news site.

    Secondly, I see grammatical errors here on the regular. Do you guys not edit?

    • Wilhelmet

      See ya later.

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  • rex

    Way to go Jim carrey you took the money and screwed over both the cast and crew that worked hard on the film

    your a real anti violent hero

  • Old Soldier

    I’m sure he’ll be very happy keeping all his profits from the film in “good conscience”.

  • Scurvy

    Does anyone really think Jim Carrey is just that nice and righteous of a guy? Isn’t it possible that he is just looking for a reason to not have to do press on a movie he already got paid for doing?

  • Bert

    Is Jim giving this movie more promotion now? I’ve seen this as a main story on many news sites today. Also, shut up Matt and just report the story

  • Michael Horne

    I think Carrey has the right to change his feelings about gun control if that is what he, as a private citizen, wishes to do. If people paid attention to the order things happened in, they would see that he changed his mind after Sandy Hook, so any comments about “he knew what he was getting himself into” are missing the point completely. Also missing the point completely are Mark Millar’s comments – just because someone read a script 18 months ago doesn’t mean he has to agree with the level of violence _now_.

    What I’d like to see is Carrey donating some of his fee for the movie to a campaign for gun control – that would really show where his feelings are. It’ll be interesting to see if the producers have anything to say from a legal standpoint as normally promotional duties are part of the contract for actors, especially actors with Carrey’s visibility.

    Mr Goldberg probably shouldn’t have espoused his own views on gun control, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion, which is really what we all come to Collider for anyway – movie-related opinion. I would suggest that expressing a viewpoint on gun control is _just_ outside of that arena, but only just.

    • Jack Inthebox

      “…as a private citizen.”

      Isn’t Carrey a Canadian? So, not really a citizen at all. Perhaps he should head up to Toronto and whine from up there?

      • Michael Horne

        I’m sorry, what part of my previous comment implied a nationality? People all over the world were horrified by Sandy Hook. Perhaps “private individual” would have been more accurate, but really, who wants to make that distinction on this matter?

      • Agent777

        People should worry about the awful violence that happens in there own area, if people did that we’d have results. Instead people pick especially heinous things to grandstand for a few weeks until the next awful disaster happens.

        Who is ever going to remember weather he promoted Kickass 2? Especially when he could use that as a chance to put his beliefs and opinions out there in a way that’s productive and starts a real conversation. Those interviews would be posted on this site, so it could start a actual dialogue. It just looks like such obvious Hollywood posturing that it can’t generate a proper conversation.

      • Michael Horne

        That is your opinion. I prefer to think that we live in a global community and events like this can act as a trigger for action in other countries. Going back to Carrey, you could say that the US _is_ his own area as he works there. All depends on your point of view.

      • $19588731

        Jim Carrey is a dual Canadian/American citizen and has been an American citizen since 2004.

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  • Prasanna Rajan

    The reason you bring in stars like Jim Carrey, is to make the movie look good and promote the movie. And when he is not doing it, what’s the point?

    • David

      Carey hasn’t drawn an audience in a while so I assume he was trying to shake things up to manufacture awareness of a possible new direction in his career. If you really need proof, look at Burt Wonderstone.

      • Prasanna Rajan

        Agree! His last live action moderate hit was ‘Yes Man’. But according to me, what he doing is unprofessional.

      • $19588731

        Jim was the only good thing in Burt Wonderstone.

      • Mike Brown

        Yea, kinda have a theory that he was on the rocks about taking the part, but someone convinced him it was a good marketing move to revitalize his brand so he made the best of it. Hell, he had a hard time getting the green light for Dumb and Dumber. He’s had trouble converting fans to take him seriously in films like The Truman Show and The Majestic, which I thought were both brilliant films. But hey, bad press is still good press in Hollyweird, ya know? This seems to me to be a guy desperately seeking a jump start at any cost, but his inner moral center got slapped hard after that school shooting. I work for a school district and have a 2 year old son whom I place in daycare every weekday, and it scares the living crap out of me when I heard that news report.

  • Its just the truth

    “Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us).” And yet Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the US and things aren’t really working out for us. I Come on Collider for movie news…Not politics. I respect Your political opinion, but I personally couldn’t give less of a shit. FYI stricter gun laws wouldnt save the lifes of the kids at Sand Hook. The guy took his mothers guns (who would of passed a back round check) and murdered those poor kids.

    • Lex Walker

      BTW, the problem with citing Chicago as having the most gun violence is that most Chicago gun crimes involve guns the perpetrators in question had to go to neighboring towns to buy. So really all Chicago proves is that strict gun laws don’t mean jack if neighboring towns don’t have nearly as strict requirements. That said, Illinois as a whole is among the states with the lowest gun violence in the entire country. Chicago’s an anomaly due to a strong gang presence that buys its guns in the suburbs and takes them back into the city.

      • Kpaqu1

        Yes, gang members legally buy their guns out of town… Seriously?

      • Living in Chicago

        Most? A little over a quarter of the guns have been from neighboring towns or other cities. Nice try though.

      • Lex Walker

        You’re missing a major part of the statistic. Yes, only 29% of the guns used in Chicago crimes come from the suburbs, but of the guns used in Chicago crimes, only 42 percent come from Illinois. Of that 42 percent, 29 percent come from suburbs with lax gun laws. Only 13% of the guns used in crimes in Chicago come from Chicago. The rest come from out of state. Nice try though.

      • Let it go

        So guns coming from surrounding areas make Chicago’s gun laws ineffective huh? So if we have strong national drug laws then Chicago would not have a drug problem?

      • Lex Walker

        That’s a false equivalence. Guns are sold legally and thus have a legitimate and legal point of origin and can be tracked according to serial numbers. Cocaine, heroin, and, for the most part, pot, do not. These are problems with vastly different obstacles.

      • Brett Negray

        How many illegally obtained guns are used in Chicago crime Lex? I see that that number has been conveniently ignored thus far …

      • Lex Walker

        it’s not being conveniently ignored, it’s simply the hardest number to calculate in the conversation. Since so many of the guns have a legal, original point of sale in another town or another state where reselling the gun without state or federal notification is completely legal, as soon as that gun leaves the federally licensed store it’s impossible to know whose hands they’ll fall into. By contrast, if you were to try and resell a gun that you bought in Chicago to someone else in Chicago, the gun’s path would be documented and tracked to the new buyer. If sold illegally, the original buyer who didn’t document their sale to the new owner is culpable as an accessory to crimes that gun is used to commit. The problem is that Chicago isn’t an island so it’s far too easy for people to bring guns in from out of state where the laws are laxer and resell them illegally with the last person the gun was known to be connected to far removed from the equation. If every person in the country had every gun they owned tracked to their name and held accountable for the crimes it committed – even if resold privately, you can bet the folks buying the guns legally and reselling them to the highest bidder off the books would stop.

    • King_Leer

      You know how you could REALLY prove you “couldn’t give less of a shit”? By not respond to the article at all. All you geniuses screaming from the rooftops that you JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT GOLDBERG’S POLITICS!!!!!11!!!1! have bloated this comment section into a behemoth one hundred times the average article’s size. Yeah, you sure are sticking it to him, guys.

    • ikkf

      To take it one step further, Switzerland has a heavily armed population and one of the lowest violent-crime rates in the world.

    • -

      It’s a cultural thing, brah. If the second Amendment was overturned tommorow (hypothetically, of course), it wouldn’t do a damn thing because it’s gotten to a point where it’s beyond any real control. Gun control can/does work in other countries, but it wouldn’t work in the US at all. At least not now.

  • sense11

    its all good,
    Bring on Kick Ass 2

  • rundmc1981

    “Actors should be treated like cattle”. – Alfred Hitchcock

  • winston16s

    I agree that your political beliefs are not wanted here Matt. I am here for entertainment news, not your opinion on current events. If you want to discuss BS liberal politics, start writing for the Huffington Post…

  • Admiral Ackbar

    Did Jim donate his paycheck to the Sandy Hook fund? Of course not. Talk is cheap, Carrey. And fuck you Goldberg….

    • Agent777

      Big celebs do things to look good, but it’s always the obscure ones who do real charitable work. Jim Carrey < Ed Beagley Jr.

  • Liderc

    For once I actually agree with Goldberg, who woulda thunk it.

  • The Exploiter

    My goodness, Goldberg. Could you be any less professional?

    • ikkf

      I really can’t figure out why he insists on continually polarizing and alienating his readers.

      • Michael Horne

        Because he can. Because he will always do his own thing until someone tells him to stop.

  • Dan_489

    Goldturd, it annoys me how you think you are right all the time, when in fact, you never are. And your obvious cynical hate for Mark Millar (who by all accounts is an awesome guy who makes awesome comics) in every Kick-Ass related article is wearing thin.

    And yes, the Kick-Ass comic series is indeed awesome. I bet you have never picked one up in your life.

  • Jason Richards

    I’m sick and tired of Goldberg’s shit. People lets make up a petition and get this fuck head off this site. Fuck you Goldberg. You untalented fucking cunt.

    • Christopher

      Easy there, Cowboy.

    • Wilhelmet

      Why do you come here then? If you know he’s just going to piss you off, and he’s obviously not changing…then why do you come here? Oh yeah, of course…sorry. To whine, anonymously. How’s that working out for you?

  • Christopher

    I’d just like to point out that not every Collider reader hates Matt Goldberg. I’m a big fan of the guy’s work.

    • Wilhelmet

      And me.

    • Wilhelmet

      It baffles me why all these whiners who seem to hate Goldberg so much, seem to be powerless to resist coming back for more! What the hell are you all doing here if you can’t stand him so much? There’s plenty of other film news websites and blogs….f*ck off out of here if you don’t like it, and stop the whining!

  • Jockolantern

    Jim Carrey is a hypocritical dope– not to mention a has-been actor who I haven’t given two flips about since The Majestic.

    Also, Goldberg is as Goldberg. Best not to let it get under your skin so much as agree to disagree– or agree to agree. Whatever.

    • Jockolantern

      “Goldberg is as Goldberg does.”

      Apologies for the apparent blank-out on my part.

  • Alan Burnett

    “Writing on his personal blog [via Empire], Millar demonstrated an ability to do simple math by saying”

    Oh give me a break! I think Millar is a star fucking, self-promoting liar most of the time, but he has a right to defend his film from an egomaniac star who knew EXACTLY the type of movie that he was making when he made it. There are ways to have shown disdain for gun violence like, I don’t know, TURNING DOWN THE FILM IN THE FIRST PLACE. Instead, just when promotional duties come around, Carrey decides to shit on his collaborators by promoting himself and his own beliefs in a truly cynical way.

  • LEM

    Unless he’s donating all his money from the movie to the victims families this stand he’s taking is pointless.

  • mawgaman

    Haha if you look beside Kick ass’s head it says Toronto, Big up T-dot!!!

  • Naveen

    Matt, I know you hate the Constitution and civil rights but let’s hypothetically follow your policy prescriptions. Let’s implement whatever gun control you think is appropriate. No more private sales between family members, fine. No self defense semi-auto rifles, fine. No handguns, ok. In this anti-Constitutional world, there would be fewer guns and I will grant you that there will be fewer deaths from guns. But overall violence, including murders would stay the same or rise. Look at the statistics for the UK. In the 5 years after their near total handgun ban, the murder & violent crime rates went up. Criminals will use illegal guns or other weapons to commit crimes, and law-abiding citizens will be defenseless to fight back when assaulted. More people are killed with blunt objects like clubs than due to guns each year. Should we ban bats?

    • Wilhelmet

      Are you kidding me? I’d like to see some numbers to back up your ‘bat’ theory. Per year, there is an average of 12,000 deaths by gun violence in the US. In the UK, it is less than 50.

      How are those numbers even open to discussion?

  • Naveen

    Carrey is a hypocrite for hiring armed guards and profiting from movies with guns in them, but demonizing supporters of civil rights as a political stunt. Matt is braindead for not being able to see this and respecting Carrey’s despicable stance.

  • Gil8ert

    Mr Carey making this particular standpoint has done 2 things.

    a) Given Kick Ass 2 a massive publicity kick.
    b) Re-raised the issue of gun control.

    Whatever his reasoning, the ends seem beneficial to all involved.

    Even if we shared all the resources equally and nobody went without – we’d still be killing each other. Because generally we are awful, shallow, ungrateful, self indulgent stains on the planet. All the gun control in the world can’t combat that. :)

  •‎ tarek

    I heard that Jaden Smith will make a brief appearance in this movie, with his black spandex. We are doomed.

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  • Del Horton

    What a turnip..knew there were guns involved before you took the payday. Give back the money if it means that much to ya.

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